Tim Watkins

    Exhibition: Sculpture City, 1989

    Tidal Bloom, 1989

    Steel tubes, pipe, woks, aluminum mesh, Plexiglas, copper

    Each 8' x 3' diameter

    Tidal Bloom consists of three flower-like units, planted in the East River, that function with the changing tide. That is, they open at high tide and close at low tide and move freely with the breeze and currents. They symbolize life and growth, making references both to the life of the river before industrialization, and to the possible "man-made life" of the future. The title Tidal Bloom stems from the phenomenon of ever-increasing algea infestations of tides in the world's oceans, a direct result of man's pollution. My concerns as an artist deal with our relationship to nature. I am trying to create visually rich objects that when juxtaposed with "manhandled" sites create a reference point for the viewer to take the time to see the natural world around us. Special thanks to Robert Dorner, Dorcom International and Enrico.
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